Parenting Tips

Video Games, Is Your Child Addicted?

Millions of children love video games, especially boys. How can you know if your son/daughter is heading for trouble?

You should be concerned if your child:

  • Repeatedly breaks family rules about when and how much game playing is allowed.
  • Withdraws from friends and activities to spend time playing.
  • Sneaks and lies about game playing.
  • Neglects school work and other responsibilities.
  • Throws temper tantrums when limits are imposed.

Tips to make sure computer and video game playing remains a positive part of your children’s lives:

  • Set clear ground rules about when, where, how much, and what kind of game playing is allowed.
  • Limit game playing time.
  • Require that homework and other chores be completed first.
  • Keep video and computer games out of children’s bedrooms.
  • If your child refuses to cooperate, restrict access for a period of time.
  • If nothing else works, go cold turkey. Get rid of the games.

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